In a video posted by Sputnik, Lebanese internal security forces (ISF) can be seen wearing civilian clothing while opening gunfire at protesters on Thursday, the fourth night of continuous clashes in Tripoli.
Some members of the ISF, which is the national police of Lebanon responsible for ensuring the safety of civilians and peace in the country, dropped the uniform and went shooting straight at unarmed people, who threw rocks at the security forces.
In the Lebanese northern capital, which has been reeling with poverty for decades and fast impoverishment since 2019, the people couldn’t bear it anymore and took to the streets to make their complaints heard even louder.
Their protests, which started peacefully, turned into clashes with the riot police and Al-Nour Square into what resembled a warzone. The people’s rage has ever since been growing further over the state’s lack of action in the face of Lebanon’s breaking point.
Lockdown’s pressure has been a worldwide issue with the still-untamed global pandemic, and there have been protests in some other countries.
However, Lebanon was already crashing economically long before the pandemic and, unlike other countries, Lebanon hasn’t provided an economic safety net or any assistance for its people to just meet the minimum essentials while on lockdown.